Alaska Family Council believes that parents alone have the sole duty and responsibility of raising children, providing for their education, sustenance, as well as mental and spiritual wellbeing. Any legal provision, guideline, statute, or ordinance that infringes upon that fundamental principle and right of parents will be staunchly opposed.
At the same time, we stand wholeheartedly with public policies that lift up and protect the fundamental right of parents to direct how their children are raised.
“The nature of the parent child relationship endows parents with the primary responsibility and obligation to care for their child.”
Two such pieces of legislation, one recently introduced in Washington, D.C. and the other by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, almost a year ago, are worthy of such support.
On the federal front, U.S. Senators Tim Scott (SC) and James Lankford (OK) introduced the “Families’ Rights and Responsibilities Act” (FRRA) on January 10 to protect “the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and health care of their children.”
This legislation clarifies that, “The nature of the parent child relationship endows parents with the primary responsibility and obligation to care for their child.” and that “From these responsibilities and obligations comes the pre-political, natural right of parents to care for their children.”
Increasingly, government actions, public schools and judges have proven to be not nearly as protective as they should be, often treating this fundamental right as a second tier right.
Alaska Family Council urges Alaskans to contact Senator Lisa Murkowski (CLICK HERE) and Senator Dan Sullivan (CLICK HERE) to support and co-sponsor S.3571 – the Families’ Rights and Responsibilities Act.
On the Alaskan front, the State Legislature will once again have an opportunity to hear Senate Bill 96, a law introduced by Dunleavy that affirms the right of parents to be engaged in the lives of their children.
Among other protections, SB96 would require public school officials to notify parents two weeks before and get written permission for any activity, class, or program that includes content involving gender, identity, human reproduction, or sexual matters.
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In response to many public schools actively keeping parents in the dark about students identifying as a different sex, the legislation would also require written permission from a parent before the name or pronoun used by a public school is changed.
As Governor Dunleavy rightly asserts, parents must be notified and engaged when something as deeply personal and potentially life changing as identifying as a completely different sex is going on at school.
Equally important, when class instruction veers into the highly controversial and indisputably moral arena of “gender identity,” “sexual orientation” and other charged topics, parents – many of whom don’t even think schools should be involved in these issues at all – should at least have the privilege to know when and how these topics are brought up.
Dunleavy’s bill is currently sitting in the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Anchorage Democrat Matt Claman. CLICK HERE to encourage Sen Claman to give the bill a vote. Although unlikely to move out of this committee, Alaskan deserve to know where senators stand when it comes to parental rights.
The views expressed here are those of the author.